On Thursday, July 26, United Way of St. Johns County held its 2018 Annual Meeting – The Business of Living United at the Casa Monica Resort & Spa. Board Chair, Bobby Crum welcomed the over 130 people in attendance, introduced the members of the board including the six newest members and passed a motion to change a bylaw which extended the duration of the organization from 99 years to perpetual (other word).
Melissa Nelson, President and CEO discussed the meaning of the Business of Living United – the indispensable work of United Way and all nonprofits, the impact of the nonprofit business model and the value of United Way-SJC’s work in the community.
Bob Rousseau, Community Impact Chair and Becca Crum, Director of Finance discussed the $1.4 million brought in from traditional workplace giving campaigns, other fundraising efforts and grants. Of that, $621,000 was distributed to 26 partner agencies for 36 ongoing programs during our spring community impact process. More? 78K, 323K, 146K back to the community?
Jenny Harvey, Director of Community Impact highlighted just a few of the other programs United Way-SJC participates in. The RealSense tax prep that netted approximately $300,000 in refunds to the community, two learning trails were built in local parks in partnership with Wells Fargo and holiday meals were distributed to families in need thanks to Publix.
Bev Slough, Campaign Chair discussed the upcoming 2018-19 campaign (more about that here). In addition to workplace donations, United Way-SJC is involved with three affinity groups – Emerging Leaders, Women United and our newest group Business Leaders United.
Wrap up paragraph that maybe includes some of this? – At this annual meeting, we trust you gained a greater understanding of the Business of Living United and how this translates to a bottom-line benefit in St. Johns County. We hope now that you know that we are the problem-solvers, the hand-raisers, the game-changers. We invite you to learn more, but most importantly become part of our fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.